I got these off the internet.Hello, does somebody know what the words "cheechaco and placer claim means?
They are from a film called "call of the wild." by J. london
he made ten thousand dollars in a week OFF a placer claim.
is it possible to tell me the meaning of OFF as well?
Thanks in advance.
A person on their first trip to Alaska, or the Yukon. Or a person who is in Alaska, or the Yukon, for less than a year. Primarily used as a word meaning novice or "green-horn."
A mining claim located for "all forms of deposits, excepting veins of quartz or other rock in place" (30 U.S.C. 35). A placer claim must generally be located by legal subdivision in conformance with the public land survey rather than by metes and bounds. A placer claim is limited to 20 acres per individual, although a placer claim may be up to 160 acres for an association of eight or more persons. Corporations are limited to 20-acre claims.
Off used this way means 'from"
"He made ten thousand dollars in a week OFF a placer claim."
This means he probably either bought a claim from somebody or made his own claim, then sold it a week later for a profit off $10,000.
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